TRY REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND
0 GRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON EDO
Edwin nson of the Office of registration of the product. They re- obtained. Johnson refused either to
Pesticides in EPA announced at a con- quest input from the manufacturer and endorse the present OSHA recommen-
gressional brie f ng in Washington on the user to rebutt the assumption which dation of 20 ppm or the proposed NIOSH
Wednesday, Dece her 7, that he ex- they have made. Thus, they have de- recommendation of 0.13 ppm. Recent
pected an RPAR ( buttable Presump- rived the term "Rebuttal Presumption tests by Great Lakes Chemical, manu-
tion Against Regis action) on ethylene Against Registration. facturers of EDB, had indicated that
dibromide (EDB) to be published in the workers were exposed to levels lower
Federal Register wi hin a wee k to ten Mr. Johnson noted that the tests than even the low 1 e ve 1 recommended
days. on cancer left something to be desired by NIOSH.
in t e r m s of reliability and he empha-
He emphasized t a group, includ- sized that the improvements made in The industry is hopeful that any
ing Senator Dick Sto Congressman the fumigation chambers at Wahneta attributes of EDB considered to be
Andy Ireland, Repr entatives from and Fort Pierce appeared to have sub- problems by EPA will be satisfactorily
Senator Chiles and C ngressman stantially reduced and possibly elimin- answered and EDB will be given clean
Richard Kelly's offi es, Dr. John ated any health hazards to employees, bill of health for continued use as a
Attaway from the Flori a Department fumigant.
of Citrus, and Dr. Jim iffiths from Congressman Andy Ireland attemp-
Mutual's staff, that the R R had been ted to get agreement that after the first Without EDB the agricultural in-
triggered under the stand rdized pro- 45-day interval following the RPAR, if dustries all over the world would face
cedures of EPA. Both the s e r s and no additional adverse informationwere an impossible task in shipping fruit and
the manufacturers now hav an oppor- found, the F 1 orida citrus industry's vegetables from one country to another.
tunity to present data to d onstrate use of EDB as a fumigant for grapefruit It is the standard fumigant and there
the benefits from the use o EDB, as destined for Japanwould be in the clear, appears to be no satisfactory replace-
well as an opportunity to ebut any Mr. Johnson was unwilling to agree to ment.
possible conclusions concern health such a position.
hazards from the use of EDB. Representatives of the Florida
Dr. A tt away attempted to get an cit r u s industry and the Florida Con-
RPAR is the process that E has unequivocal position on no suspension gressional Delegation have been work-
chosen to-use for the re-registrat n of of the use of EDB. Johnson indicated ing w ith EPA in an effort to establish
all previously used pesticides. der that he didn't believe such would be the the safety of EDB. It has been used for
this process the agency examine the case, but he did not completely rule out fifty years, and it has never been any
literature a nd experience concern such a possibility. epidemiological evidence of a hazard to
toxicity, carcinogenicity, mut e e- employees, either manufacturing or
city, teratogenicity and industrial Jim Griffiths attempted to deter- applying the material.
perience. If the data suggests potent ine what levels of EDB in the atmos-
health problems to EPA, they public here were considered hazardous by
a presumption against the continue PA, and no specific answer could be
Water M#anagement Transfer Oked By
Planning Group; Polk Co. Commission
Central Florida Planning Council along the east side of the ridge above The Planning Council endorsed the
and the Polk County Commission have the 100 foot sea level contour line plan at its December 7 session in
endorsed a Mutual proposal to trans- and encompasses virtually all of the Wauchula by a unanimous vote. The
fer some 109 square miles of land land suited for citrus west of the Polk County Commission added its
along the Ridge to the Southwest Flor- Kissimmee River Valley. approval on T u e s l a y of this we e k,
ida Water Management District from unanimously.
the South Florida Water Management On the south, the area extends to
District. the vicinity of the Venus community in Under present millage rates, the
South Highlands County. transfer also would result in tax re-
le gislative approval will be allocation of an estimated $69, 786, with
necessary, however, before the Representing Polk, Highlands, $60, 555 coming from land in Highlands
transfer can become official. A bill Hardee, DeSoto and Okeechobee Coun- County and the rema in der in Polk
providing for the boundary change is ties, the Planning Council's action County.
in the process of preparation, which coincides with that of the Highlands
will be introduced in the spring session County Commission in November and
of the legislature. virtually every municipality along the
Ridge. The issue is pending before the
The area involved includes land Polk County Commission.